CLERMONT, Fla. – Lake Erie closed out is week in Central Florida on Friday. The Storm were downed by Mary (N.D.) and Holy Family (Pa.) in a split doubleheader.
Mary came up with a six-run sixth inning in defeating Lake Erie (1-8), 7-1. Holy Family picked up its third straight victory, topping LEC by a final score of 8-4.
Game One Thursday's opener was a pitcher's duel between Lake Erie's Amanda Anderson and Mary's Erin Keen. Neither side managed a base hit until center fielder Maddi Klemp singled on a bunt with two outs in the bottom of the third. Right fielder Lindsay Valvoda's third double of the season plated Klemp two pitches later.
Staked to a 1-0 lead, Anderson allowed a single to the first batter she faced in the fourth. After a steal of second, Anderson and the Storm pulled off a clutch play when catcher Nicole Grimmett threw down to second base, picking off the would-be-tying run in scoring position. The Storm got out of the top of the fourth without any further damage.
LEC threatened in its half of the fourth but came away empty-handed after going 0-for-3 with a runner in scoring position.
The Marauders (12-7) came up with two singles and a walk en route to tying the game, 1-1, with a solo marker in the fifth. Mary opened the game up with a big top-of-the-sixth. The Marauders sent 10 batters to the plate and picked up five runs off Anderson and one off reliever Hannah Shevenell.
Lake Erie went quietly in the sixth and seventh innings. For the game, UM outhit LEC, 9-4. The Storm managed just three base runners after the third inning, and for the game LEC went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Mary's win marked its third in a row.
Game Two Katarina Davis started game two for Lake Erie, and the Tigers didn't get to Davis until the top of the third when they put a single and a double together for a lone run. In the fourth, Holy Family walked twice and had three hits in a big, five-run frame.
LEC countered with one in the bottom of the fourth when Kate-Lynn Urgo singled and came around to score on an HFU error.
In the fifth, Lake Erie traded one run for two, giving the Tigers an 8-2 lead. The Storm rounded out the game's scoring in the seventh when an Elizabeth Karako double and an Amanda Anderson single were split by a Tigers error.
Davis went the distance in the circle. Karako went 2-for-4 at the plate; Maddi Klemp went 2-for-2.
Friday's games close out Lake Erie's Florida trip. The Storm's next scheduled games are on Wednesday at Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.).